Protest and Public Gathering Planned in Lima (December 29, 2014)

The Embassy has received reports that at 5pm today (December 29) a group called “Colectivo Dignidad”  is planning a protest called “Tome La Calle” (“Take the Street”).  The starting point for this protest  will be Plaza San Martín in Lima. Over 5000 participants are expected.

Groups will be staging for the protest in the following areas of Lima: Campo de Marte, Ovalo Miraflores,  Parque Kennedy, Plaza Dos de Mayo, Plaza Francia, Plaza Grau, Plaza Bolognesi, Parque Universitario, Plaza San Martín, and Ovalo Higuereta.

The following streets will be blocked at various points for this protest:  Av. Salaverry, Av. Garcilaso de la Vega, Av. 28 de Julio, Av. Nicolás de Piérola, Paseo de los Héroes Navales, Av. Arequipa, Av. Larco, Av. Camino Real, Av. Víctor, A. Belaúnde, Paseo de la República (Vía Expresa), Vía del Metropolitano, Av. Tomás Marsano, Av. Aviación, Av. Angamos.

A similar demonstration recently required police intervention in order to disperse parts of the crowd. Please exercise caution around large gatherings, and plan your travel to avoid these areas whenever possible. If staying in or near the area where the demonstration is taking place, U.S. citizens are advised to stay off the street or in their hotel until the crowd has passed or dispersed.

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations and are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, maintain awareness of local events and their surroundings, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.  It is illegal in Peru for foreigners to participate in demonstrations.  In the past, some U.S. citizens who have been caught up in political demonstrations in Peru have been detained and expelled from the country.

Demonstrations in Peru are often peaceful, but can quickly escalate into violent confrontations.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy Lima website or by following the facebook page for American Citizen Services in Lima. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, by calling the regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen; telephone 51-1-618-2000 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or for after-hours emergencies; website here. The Consular Section is open for emergency services, including registration, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays. Non-emergency services are provided by appointment only.

For information on “What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis,” please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Emergencies and Crisis link at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies/crisis-support.html